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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

An artists rendition of the image of a true clean girl — minimal makeup and jewelry, pale and clear skin and slicked-back hair.

The toxicities of becoming a ‘clean girl’: TikTok trend rips women of color of their culture

By Irene Sheen, Sunny Hills High School September 28, 2022

For the past few years, the social media platform TikTok has proved to be a powerhouse of trends ranging from one-pan feta pasta recipes to coquette fashion aesthetics.   Garnering over 650 million...

Junior Dylan Severance takes a BeReal photo for junior William Carr. As the photo is taken, both the front and back cameras are used to capture both students in the post.

Let’s BeReal

By Nadia Knoblauch, Hagerty High School September 28, 2022

“You have two minutes left to BeReal!” Grabbing her instrument before band practice, junior Lauren Verstrate ran back to her locker to rummage for her phone, hoping she would be able to post her...

Mrs. Celia Alvarez returns to the school as an English teacher and a  published poet.

Mrs. Alvarez: Teacher by Day, Poet by Night

By Lucia Moglia, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy September 27, 2022

In 2018, Mrs. Celia Alvarez’ youngest daughter was born, segueing her into a four year break from teaching. This year, her daughter begins kindergarten, and Mrs. Alvarez returns to school as the newest...

Local student-formed band Second to Last Minute perform as the opener for professional band Catbite in Portsmouth, N.H.

Local band rocks the Press Room in Portsmouth

By Kelly Egan, Londonderry High School September 27, 2022

From the guitarist having to travel 20 hours straight from Hawaii to make it back in time, to the drummer having a concussion so severe that he couldn’t remember his own name for an hour–nothing would...

Senior Connor Lew holds up the backpack hes been wearing to school since the fall semester started.

UNPACKING A TIKTOK TREND: ‘SENIOR YEAR BABY’ video inspires students to reconnect with childhood characters like Lightning McQueen, Hello Kitty

By Pricilla Escobedo, Sunny Hills High School September 26, 2022

It started off July 28, 2021 with a TikTok video.  Captioned “SENIOR YEAR BABY,” the 18-second clip begins with what appears to be a high school girl wearing a black, long-sleeve outfit. While...

Senior Azalea Twining smiles for a photo while goofing off in the recording studio.

“After All This”: the story behind the album

By Clare Kirwan, Harrisonburg High School September 26, 2022

“She was sitting by the front of the school one afternoon, so I quickly introduced myself, and suggested I help her make her album. That’s where it all started.” Producer meets musician. Producer...

Korean-American lawyer Ingrid Yun fights to make partner in a white patriarchal law firm.

“Partner Track” falls short in its attempt at representation

By Angela Zhang, Monta Vista High School September 26, 2022

While depicting the unbreakable glass ceiling women and non-white individuals face when climbing the corporate ladder, Netflix’s new series "Partner Track" fails to portray representation at every front...

Visual Artist Ta-coumba Aiken poses with one of his works. Aiken was awarded a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship Award recognizing him for his work in dynamic art, specifically spirit writing and rhythm patterns.

So you want to be a… Guggenheim award-winning artist?

By Sally Zhu and Sarah Mohammed September 23, 2022

When Ta-coumba Aiken got the phone call announcing his Guggenheim Fellowship Award, he didn’t believe it at first. Aiken had applied for the award eight times previously, but in April 2022 he received...

The “Traumazine” album cover features rapper Megan Thee Stallion expressing anger on the left and grief on the right — with these two emotions merging into her neutrality in the middle — alluding to how the album is rich with emotion and showcases three different sides of the rapper.

‘Traumazine’ is a reclaim of artistic identity

By Aashi Venkat, Monta Vista High School September 20, 2022

“I ain’t perfect, but anything I did to any of  you –-- y’all deserved it”  Rapper Megan Thee Stallion unleashes a glorious thunderstorm of pent-up emotions in her seventh studio album “Traumazine.”...

On Aug. 15, Coppell High School junior Rishika Porandla independently published fantasy novel Letalis which was influenced by author Donna Tartt and books like Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson. Porandla drew inspiration from power struggles in the current political atmosphere to connect readers from reality to her fantasy world. Photo by Angelina Liu

Porandla navigating political reality in self-published fantasy novel

By Saniya Koppikar, Coppell High School September 19, 2022

The towns appear to be packed with rapidly moving, bustling villagers who seem nothing other than ordinary at first glance, but when I focus on just one, it’s evident that a mystic glee radiates from...

I’ve just really loved music. I also really love listening to music. When I heard lofi for the first time, I was pretty into it because it’s just chill, and I really like jazz too. I wanted to recreate the feeling I had listening to lofi for other people. That’s why I started producing, Zhou said.

Verified on Spotify: Amador senior produces popular lofi music

By Grace Huang and Jocelyn Hsu September 15, 2022

On Spotify, Mark Zhou (‘23) produces music as a verified artist under the account Markcato. As the name suggests, he stands out as someone who accentuates his life as an artistic melody. Zhou’s...

Senior columnist Elliot Serure prompted an AI art generator to create this picture by requesting  “Van Gogh’s Starry Night but with the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Wait — AI can paint now?

By Elliot Serure, Shalhevet High School September 13, 2022

I still don’t know whether I felt terror or awe at that moment. While perusing the internet, I found myself on the website of an AI – artificial intelligence – art generator. The program asked...

Over the summer, Meenakshi Yarlagadda (23) self-published a poetry collection that combines whimsical storytelling with vivid imagery.

“My heart is like a pen”: Meenakshi Yarlagadda (‘23) publishes vibrant new poetry collection

By Carol Xu, Amador Valley High School September 13, 2022

Meenakshi Yarlagadda (‘23) knew since third grade that she wanted to publish a book someday. Nine years later, the summer before her senior year, Yarlagadda’s dream became a reality when she published...

ALONG FOR THE RIDE (2022), Belmont Cameli as Eli & Emma Pasarow as Auden. Cr. Emily V. Aragones / Netflix

Along for the Ride is a cliche jaunt through summer romance

By Corina Karr, Archie Williams High School June 2, 2022

Netflix original Along for the Ride, released May 6, did not stray far from Netflix's other recent disasters like Tall Girl 2 and The Kissing Booth 3. An adaptation from Sarah Dessen’s 2009 young adult...

WVHS students pose after a performance of Once Upon a Mattress. From left to right: Lizzie Hall as Mystic Old, Chance Kirk as Prince who grows on you over time, Wyett Butler as Comedic Relief, and Claudia Molatore as Smart Princess in need of husband.

The teenage experience needs to be portrayed by teens in musical theater

By Claudia Molatore, Wilsonville High School June 2, 2022

A young rising star of the high school theater program prepares to join the final production in their high school career.  They hope that their last show can finally be something fun and engaging like...

CHS9 student Arisha Hasan teaches class at Milaana Dance’s studio on Jan. 20. Hasan is the youngest instructor at the studio, working alongside her mother.

Three generations, one love for dance

By Tracy Tran, Coppell High School May 27, 2022

Closing her eyes, her body naturally felt the rhythms of the song. Tiptoeing in small movements, she explored her new happiness in dancing. The 3-year-old Arisha Hasan started dancing as if she was born...

Sophomore Desiree Spurkel uses Clip Studio Paint to draw. Spurkel aspires to have a career in the art industry by drawing and making commissions or any other way. “Personally I plan to pursue it. I definitely want to start drawing as a job taking commissions, freelance, maybe even start a small business, etc.,” Spurkel said.

Artists paint their digital hearts out

By Naamah Silcott, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School May 27, 2022

When creating her various in-depth art pieces, senior Geraldine Suniga uses digital art platforms to bolster the variability and composition of her pieces. “Since I’m more into drawing fanart...

Reverend Anne Gardner smiles as she poses with her debut book, And So I Walked. Her novel focuses on her travels as she journeyed across the Camino, and touches on topics like faith and resilience.

Chaplain publishes debut book

By Vasilia Yordanova, Harvard-Westlake School May 27, 2022

Reverend Anne Gardner published her debut book, “And So I Walked,” on March 1. In her book, Gardner recounts her 500-mile journey across the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain and discusses...

HOUSE HUNTING: Lauren Risley, FHC Class of 2002, shows clients around a home. Lauren Risley owns her own realty business and recently starred in her own HGTV show, Call the Closer.

Closer to Home

By Rachel Vrazel, Francis Howell Central High School May 27, 2022

Beginning in November of 2021, the face of Lauren Risley could be seen across the country with the click of a remote or the tap of a thumb. But before she could be seen by the entire world as she showed...

Marvel Studios satisfies fans and expands its horizons with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”: a Marvel fan’s guide to unhealthy coping

By Audrey Tsai, Los Altos High School May 27, 2022

Rule one of multiversal travel: You don’t know anything. The rule certainly rings true after a series of electrifying multiversal jumps that leaves the superheroes dazed, confused and in Stephen Strange’s...

Dallastown grad Jacob Arbittier is the founder and CEO of BURNT MILL ROAD, which produces high-quality short horror films and boasts over 14,000 subscribers.

From Recording Rookie to Scary Short Film Director


Heavy breathing, a dark room, and silence. Nightmares terrify people when they least expect it, alarming them in the dead of night. The next morning, they try hard to forget the scare. Others use...

Alum Nick Cortazzo lands on Broadway tour for Hairspray

Alum Nick Cortazzo lands on Broadway tour for ‘Hairspray’

By Brooke Scanlon and Sam Tobiczyk May 26, 2022

Baldwin alum Nick Cortazzo always knew that he would be in a Broadway production. He just didn’t know his time to shine in the spotlight would come about so abruptly. “The process of getting here...

“Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers” is an emotionally complex record that aims to study Lamar’s insight through a more introspective lens than ever before.

‘Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers’ breaks down masculine identity

By Aditya Shukla , Monta Vista High School May 25, 2022

“I've been goin' through somethin' / One-thousand eight-hundred and fifty-five days / I've been goin' through somethin' / Be afraid” “Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers” is the fifth record released...

The front cover of And The People Carried Signs features a pre-teen boy protesting in a Black Lives Matter protest while he gets in involved in conversations regarding race through his eyes. The childrens book was written by Dr. LaTisha Smith, MHS parent, who decided to write this after getting inspired from being an educator for more than twenty years and witnessing protests.

Parent Writes Children’s Book to Engage Younger Generations in Conversations Regarding Racial Equity

By Aarushi Bute, Marquette High School May 25, 2022

Confused, a little boy with eyes wide embraced his father at a protest. Dr. LaTisha Smith, Rockwood Summit parent, watched this scene unfold from her television with a thousand questions racing through...

“It is a greater show of independence to defy societal expectations rather than conform to them, and for many this means dressing how they want to dress rather than how society thinks they should dress.” - Charles Budan

MET with a pleasant surprise: Binary-breaking celebrity looks pave the way for accessible androgynous fashion

By Caroline Sierk, Pleasant Valley High School - IA May 25, 2022

Fashion can enable anyone to present their most authentic self. Style eras act as time capsules and time machines, reflecting the priorities and identities of people of the period. When 100 years from...

Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) lead the team of wizards in their quest to defeat Grindelwald (Madds Mikkelsen). Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore rose in popularity among audiences with a collaboration of a beloved story and majestic animation.

“Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore” is a thoughtfully created, cinematic beauty

By Audrey Tsai and Rebekah Park May 20, 2022

A massive scorpion-like monster, a popular fascist leader (with an inexplicably good-looking love interest), election rigging and Newt Scamander’s iconic dancing come together in the Warner Brothers...

Author Stephen Ragon shows off his new novel, Galaxy Asunder.

Wakefield alumni releases his first novel

By Justin G. Belmonte, Wakefield High School - NC May 20, 2022

Wakefield’s long list of notable alumni has just added a new legacy to its list. Author Stephen Ragon is a Wakefield alumni from the graduating class of 2016. On March 25, 2022, he released his first...

Mbiyu behind the scenes of his first Grape Escape photoshoot.

David Mbiyu escapes into fashion world

By Grace Kelly, Silverado High School May 19, 2022

On Apr. 1, junior David Mbiyu (pronounced M-B-U) presented his fashion brand Grape Escape at For the Culture’s local art festival First Friday, just one week after dropping the release. Mbiyu’s...

The prized television show “Sesame Street” introduces new characters who will represent millions of kids around the world.

New muppet makes headlines: “Sesame Street” shines spotlight on children with physical disabilities

By Lauren Puthoff, Pleasant Valley High School - IA May 18, 2022

Ever since “Sesame Street” premiered in 1969, it has taken the world by storm and become a staple television show in every household. This educational series has helped children learn new information...

Dr. Strange examines different worlds in the multiverse using his magic.

‘Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ lives up to its name

By Tanish Mendki and Nameek Chowdhury May 18, 2022

Diving headfirst into the concept of the existence of multiple universes in past films such as ‘Loki’ and ‘Spiderman: No Way Home,’ ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is another...

Mr Morale & the Big Steppers, released today, is Kendrick Lamars first album in five years.

Lamar returns with new sounds, more social commentary

By Sam Tobiczyk, Baldwin High School - PA May 16, 2022

By the time Kendrick Lamar released his fourth album, Damn., it seemed like he had accomplished everything a musical artist could. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on that album, becoming the only...

Elton John, Young Thug, Billy Porter, Bad Bunny, and Stray Kids are just a few of the prominent trailblazers of androgynous fashion.

Harry Styles isn’t the epitome of androgynous fashion

By Lina Mezerreg, Lynbrook High School - CA May 13, 2022

Fashion has long been a form of self-expression, but as androgynous or gender non-conforming fashion begins to enter the mainstream, public figures have often received polarizing media attention for their...

Mary Bracht (P’24) attends the Alderney Literary Festival, an annual gathering celebrating historical literature from March 29 to 31, 2019. Bracht’s debut novel, “White Chrysanthemum,” was published in 2018.

Mary Bracht illuminates forgotten injustice of comfort women in ‘White Chrysanthemum’

By Eden Leavey, The American School in London May 11, 2022

From 1932 to 1945, the Imperial Japanese Army took approximately 200,000 Asian girls and women to live in brothels where they were sexually assaulted by soldiers several times a day, per the Asian Women’s...

Amari Nasafi displays his brightly-colored Nike Lebron 11s, originally released in 2014.

Shoe game

By Lily Prochaska and Krisha Kapoor May 11, 2022

To some, shoes are just another accessory, something to wear to protect your feet. For others, collecting shoes is a fun hobby, and their footwear brings out a sense of pride. From Yeezys to Crocs, shoes...

READY FOR RECORDING: Junior Alan Roth stands with his music equipment in his room. Roth, who
releases music under the name “shawty’s boy,” got the motivation to start making music from his friend, and hopes to turn music into a career.

Friends and dedication lead junior to start making music

By Kate Davis, James Bowie High School May 10, 2022

Headphones on, standing in his closet, Alan Roth raps his newly written song into his microphone, which is wedged between a couple of t-shirts. Roth, a junior, has been rapping for about a year and...

Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) trudges through battle in Robert Eggers The Northman. The film is now playing in theaters.

“The Northman” is masterful, brutal Viking epic

By Noah Sparkman, Rutherford B. Hayes High School May 9, 2022

Avenge father. Save mother. Kill Fjolnir. This is the mantra of Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård), as he seeks revenge against his uncle Fjolnir (Claes Bang), the man who killed his father and took his kingdom...

Snapchat’s optimistic mission is masked by users’ compulsive desires to maintain streaks and to illustrate a perfect life.

Snapchat: Fostering friendships or competition?

By Susanna Tang, Lynbrook High School - CA May 6, 2022

Approximately 319 million users every day tap on the iconic white ghost centered within a yellow box to reply to a friend’s “snap” — a picture or short video. Snapchat’s mission is to “empower...

Is the amount of time spent on screens too much? The average teen spends over three hours a day on a device, an action that can have consequences for mental and physical health and well-being.

The dark side of screen time

By Tymofiy Kornyeyev and Calvin Jacobson May 5, 2022

Humans have gone from using crude, makeshift tools in their daily endeavors to using some of the most astounding modern developments in the world, all within only the last millennium. What would seem like...

Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) faces down the multiverse in Everything Everywhere All at Once. The film is now playing in theaters.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is silly, beautiful modern classic

By Noah Sparkman, Rutherford B. Hayes High School May 5, 2022

This is perhaps the most aptly-titled film ever made. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” stars Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, a Chinese immigrant who discovers that she is the key to saving the multiverse. ...

The teachers at Woodbridge High gather together and play their instruments for their event.

Generations Worth of Talent Through Music

By Ethan Lewis, Woodbridge High School May 4, 2022

Started in 1994, “The Generations” has had a massive impact on students and teachers alike. It’s goal was to unite teachers and students in a rock band through Woodbridge High. Physical Education...

A copy of author Candace Flemings “Murders  Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime” sits in the location where it all started: the streets in Hyde Park where 14-year-old Bobby Frank was taken over a century ago. The book compiles newspaper articles, court records and photos to create a narrative nonfiction account of the “Crime of the Century.”

Murder on your block: Author brings century-old university case to younger audiences

By Amy Ren, University of Chicago Laboratory High School May 4, 2022

Almost a century ago, two teenagers murdered a little boy on the South Side. Their reason: to see if they could get away with it. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, both precocious and affluent, spent months...

The latest Marvel tv show features a unique, cultural soundtrack.

Marvel’s Moon Knight introduces Mahraganat music to American audiences

By Avery Belisle, Midlothian High School May 4, 2022

Marvel’s newest show Moon Knight stars actor Oscar Issac as the mild-mannered Steven Grant who, unbeknownst to him, shares a body with the mysterious Marc Specter. Specter is the Avatar of Khonshu, an...

 “Asking for media to accurately and respectfully portray LGBTQ+ love is not asking for too much in modern America. Asking to be respectfully acknowledged for existing is the bare minimum.”

Keeping the pride when straight and queer media converge

By Caroline Sierk, Pleasant Valley High School - IA May 4, 2022

Queer media has finally been given the space to thrive freely in American pop culture, and while its emergence has been cautious, its presence is trickling in impactfully.  Social platforms have helped...

Coppell High School 2016 graduate Jordan Nugent and her Italian greyhound, Molly Mae, win the Audience Choice Award in the Dog Days Fashion Show at the Coppell Arts Center on Saturday. The Arts Center Foundation hosted the Dog Days Fashion Show and Adoption Event to raise funds and awareness about the arts center while bringing the community together.

The Dog Days are here again

By Trisha Atluri, Coppell High School May 3, 2022

A ferocious lion, three superheroes, a cowboy, pretty pink princesses, a hula dancer and more performed at the Coppell Arts Center on Saturday. All of the competitors had three things in common:...

As technology advances and revolutionizes our daily lives, our ways of creating art and expressing ourselves are transformed as well.

Exploring Artistic Expression in a Digital Age

With the growing technological advancements and digitization of the modern world, our means of artistic expression have been transformed and broadened. Art has always been a key part of the human experience,...

Charming Netflix series Twenty-Five Twenty-One offers a picturesque narrative of adolescent growth in tumultuous times as it navigates love, change, and sacrifice.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One Paints Bittersweet Portrait of Youth

By Laura Renfroe, Pelahatchie High School May 3, 2022

Sipping citrus-flavored popsicle drinks on humid nights. Finally obtaining that one collectible sticker in the pastry package you have always wanted. Racing to the local book rental store after school...

Baldwin staff members share their opinions on movies and sports on a radio show and two podcasts.

Baldwin staff members share opinions through podcasts, radio

By Ethan Spozarski and Carson Chapel May 3, 2022

Many people like to post their opinions about sports and entertainment on social media, with Will Smith’s “Oscar slap” of Chris Rock and the 3,000th hit by Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera dominating...

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard face off in a year-long trial over defamation and domestic violence.

The Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial: A complex case of defamation and abuse

By Olivia Payne, Academy of the Holy Names April 29, 2022

Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation after she called herself a victim of domestic abuse in an op-ed article she wrote for The Washington Post. Depp...

Willow Barrys depiction of the connection between  Nick and Charlie in the  Netflix show Heartstopper.

Heartstopper: a celebration of queerness, youth, and love

By AURELIA HARRISON, Gloucester High School - MA April 28, 2022

A few days ago, I opened Netflix to find a TV show to knit to, and was met with a pleasant surprise. At the top of my  recommended list, in the Netflix Top 10, was a title I recognized: "Heartstopper." ...

As the world discovers a new facet of the digital economy in NFTs, West High students create their own NFT culture inside the school.

The NFT craze

By Krisha Kapoor and Jane Lam April 28, 2022

One quick click and a piece of art worth millions is now yours. However, you will never hold it in your hands. This is the reality of Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs. NFTs represent ownership of a piece...

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